A brand-new NFL season is almost upon us, fans are super excited as the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has virtually subsided. G.O.A.T. Tom Brady called it a career but immediately changed his heart much to the joy of the football world. The season kick starts on September 8, 2022, with the regular season coming to an end on January 8, 2023.
The playoffs will begin on January 14 and culminate in Super Bowl LVII to be held on February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Los Angeles Rams emerged the victors last season by edging the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI owing big time to veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The saga of Aaron Rodger’s future at Green Bay has rolled into a third offseason. The Washington Football team will henceforth be called the Washington Commanders. Notable players to change teams in free agency include quarterback Marcus Mariota from Las Vegas to Atlanta and running back Chase Edmonds from Arizona to Miami.
Major trades include QB Russel Wilson from Seattle to Denver in exchange for QB Drew Lock. A couple of rule changes are in place for the 2022 season. In the wake of recent incidents, both sides will now have one possession in overtime in the postseason. Also, the experimental rule change that limited the receiving team to nine players in the set-up zone on kickoffs has been made permanent.
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In the US, one of the six national networks like Fox NFL, ESPN, ABC, NFL Network, CBS, and NBC will broadcast games in the regular season. Playoffs and Super Bowl will be available in Fox NFL, NFL on CBS, ESPN, ABC, and NFL on Westwood One Sports.
Channels like CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS telecasts the games in Canada.
The Mexican fans have several options such as ESPN Latin America, FOX Sports Latin America, Azteca Deportes, and Televisa Deportes.
In the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports NFL and the OTP channel Now cover all the games of the NFL season 2021-22.
The international audience can get access to the games through the NFL game pass in the online platform. The annual subscription offers NFL RedZone Live and NFL network live in addition to the games.
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Super Bowl LVI Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams
The NFL 2021-22 season comes to an end this weekend as the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals lock horns with each other at SoFi Stadium in Super Bowl LVI. It’s a pair of red-hot sides that have made it to the showdown this time. Both franchises showcased incredible comebacks in the Conference championships to book their spots in the Super Bowl. Los Angeles overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 whereas Cincinnati were even more resilient, cutting a 21-3 deficit to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-14.
Interestingly, this is only the second Super Bowl in league history where two quarterbacks who were No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft are coming face-to-face. So far as the Bengals are concerned, it is their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 season and only their third, overall. Cincinnati were almost completely led by Joe Burrow through the playoffs and the young quarterback has reiterated his capabilities of delivering on big stages. The Bengals’ have a promising young cast that also includes the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon and Trey Hendrickson who made the Pro Bowl this season. Coach Zac Taylor has been with the Bengals for the past three years, leading the franchise to their first Super Bowl victory would raise him to a divine status among the fans.
Coming to the Rams, this is their second Super Bowl appearance under Sean McVay who is in his fifth year with the franchise. Sending Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford has proven to have been an offseason trade that paid off big time. Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. who were picked up during the season have also contributed dearly in Los Angeles’ road to Super Bowl LVI, not to mention WR Cooper Kupp and DT Aaron Donald.
Cincinnati’s defence will be a tough nut to crack for Stafford and company as we have seen the unit limit Derrick Henry to mere 62 rushing yards in the divisional rounds. Patrick Mahomes had no answer for the unit either in the second half of the conference championship matchup. The defensive line has had to deal with their fair share of injuries but the team has adjusted well all along. Matthew Stafford will be seeing better than all the quarterbacks that Cincinnati have successfully kept at bay thus far, Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. are his dependable targets.
Stafford is the kind of player who steps up when he is needed the most, the lion’s share of his passes were completed in the playoffs. Cam Akers endured a shoulder injury in the NFC championship game against the Niners, he might be replaced by Sony Michel at running back. Joe Burrow’s receiving tandem is no worse either, Ja’Marr and Tee Higgins are as reliable and dynamic as they come. Matters are even on the injury front as Cincinnati’s TE C.J. Uzomah who is one of Burrow’s go-to men in the short-passing game also endured an injury in the conference championships. Burrow has a knack at slipping out of the pocket so unless the Rams defence lands the pressure properly, Burrow might convert as he did against the Chiefs.
The outcome of Super Bowl LVI will come down to the No. 1 picks as has been the trend in the playoffs. Matthew Stafford is finally playing in the Super Bowl in his 13-year career. As for Burrow, it is only his second season but he can be just as composed on the field as his veteran counterpart. It will be a close game for sure but Stafford has a slight edge over Burrow to lead the Rams to their first Super Bowl victory since 2000.
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